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On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1982, retired Oskaloosa farmer Lloyd John Patrick, 85, was murdered in his rural Mahaska County home before someone set the house ablaze.
Gerald Shanahan, chief of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) said on Friday, Oct. 29, that Patrick was shot to death early on Wednesday before his house was set on fire, presumably by his assailant.
The DCI, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Department and the state fire marshal’s office participated in the investigation.
Authorities would not say where Patrick was shot or what kind of kind was used.
Shanahan said a motive for the killing hadn’t been established, nor had officials determined how the fire at the ranch-style home started.
At a news conference held Friday, Nov. 5, 1982, Mahaska County Sheriff Joe Beal appealed to the public to help solve Patrick’s murder. Beal also said a vehicle was seen in Patrick’s neighborhood between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. the night of the shooting.
According to a 2009 report by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) former Cold Case Unit, an autopsy revealed Patrick died from gunshot wounds and not injuries sustained during the fire.
When the DCI established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Lloyd Patrick’s murder was one of approximately 150 cases listed on the Cold Case Unit’s new website as those the DCI hoped to solve using latest advancements in DNA technology.
Although federal grant funding for the DCI Cold Case Unit was exhausted in December 2011, the DCI continues to assign agents to investigate cold cases as new leads develop or as technological advances allow for additional forensic testing of original evidence.
The DCI remains committed to resolving Iowa’s cold cases and will continue to work diligently with local law enforcement partners to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice for the victims and their families.
Lloyd John Patrick was born June 17, 1897, in Mahaska County, Iowa, to Norman Patrick and Elizabeth Visser.
He married Jeannette (aka Jeanette) Esther Denburger on October 15, 1924. They had at least one child, Betty Francine Patrick.
If you have any information about Lloyd Patrick’s unsolved murder please contact the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 673-4322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010, or email email@example.com.